Duvel by Duvel Moortgat Brewery
One of the most common Belgian Ale's available in your local supermarket, Duvel Moortgat's Duvel is Bottle conditioned and golden in colour.
Type: Golden Ale
Brewery: Duvel Moortgat Brewery
If you walk into practically any supermarket in the country, and head over to the Alcoholic drink section, no doubt you'll find the stoutly bottle of the Belgian Golden Ale Duvel hangin' out in the speciality Beer section. Weighing in at a punchy 8.5% ABV, Duvel follows the same tradition on Belgian Ales in being high in alcohol, but you won't notice it until you're sprawled on the floor.
The colour of this beer is a straw-like, with a little bit of haze and some good carbonation. There's a decent head to this too, this beer seems to be well put together.
What I noticed predominately regarding this Belgian Beer was how the carbonation dominated. In the aroma, the carbonation lifted the yeasty notes along with the underpinning alcohol. On the palette, the bubbles played on the tongue, bringing the alcohol to the fore. While the body of the Duvel, is quite light, the lasting bitterness with this buttery twist, along with the carbonation keeps the flavours circulating in the mouth ready for the next mouthful.
Rating Duvel, I feel as if this is almost like a gateway Beer to the world of Belgian Ale's. I think if you tried this as your first Belgian Beer you'd be blown away, with how effortless it is to drink. You'd be wondering if the 8.5% ABV is a misprint and it is more like 3.5%. Once you move onto other Trappist Belgian Ales, you'd quickly find how safe Duvel is as a Beer.
So, if you're tip toeing into the world of Belgian Ale's, give this a shot. I'm happy to give this a straight seven out of ten.